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Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover Hardcover – September 11, 2012

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K-Gr 2-Rabbit has his sleepover with Robot perfectly planned; he has even made a list of the night's activities: make pizza, watch TV, play Go Fish, go to bed. Unfortunately, Rabbit didn't plan on a few circumstances, such as Robot's preference for nuts and bolts on his pizza, which he procures by dismantling Rabbit's table and chairs, or the temporary misplacement of the remote control. Robot tries to remedy each situation to a degree. He lays out a blanket on the floor for a picnic supper, though Rabbit's table and chairs are never repaired. He also finds the remote control, bizarrely located in Rabbit's ear. In the end, it's Rabbit who helps Robot by replacing his failing batteries with new ones. The story has a few loose ends, but hilarious details such as Rabbit telling Robot to turn down his Volume Knob anytime he yells, and the sight of Rabbit and Robot both wearing Rabbit-shaped pajamas-Robot forgot his and had to borrow a pair-will attract the adoration of early chapter-book readers, who will undoubtedly hope for more from this duo.-Amanda Struckmeyer, Middleton Public Library, Madison, WIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Meet the newest odd couple in the early reader section: fussy, compulsive Rabbit and overly logical Robot. . . .Bell’s crisp, cheery cartooning adds visual punctuation and elaboration in all the right places, and she handles moments of both calamity and reconciliation with aplomb. Delightful.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

An engaging, well-paced story, told with simple (but not too simple) vocabulary is tough to write, but Cece Bell has nailed RABBIT AND ROBOT: THE SLEEPOVER. Let’s hope it’s the first of a series.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 360L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 8.12.2012 edition (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763654752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763654757
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.5 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #895,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It would be simpler if kids read at exact levels at all times. Wouldn't it be grand if you had a kid go strategically from easy books to early chapter books to older chapter books without so much as a glitch in the system? But as it happens the road to literacy is not this smooth varnished path off into the sunset. There are bumps, and valleys, and wobbly bits where the pavement chips off. That's why certain school systems have introduced concepts like "Levels". A kid reads at a certain level, masters it, and moves on to the next one. Of course, the danger with that kind of thing is that it never gives kids a chance to challenge themselves. If they're Level L and are handed Level O, many adamantly refuse to consider trying something that "hard". That's why the world needs more books like this here "Rabbit and Robot". Here you have that rarest of rare beasts, the early early chapter book. Harder than Frog and Toad, easier than Magic Tree House, it's a transitional title that's the perfect thing to get kids out of their reading ruts and into the wide and wonderful world of chapters. Lots of books attempt to do that sort of thing, but it takes a delicate hand like Cece Bell's to also pepper the book with memorable, hilarious characters and a simultaneously familiar and unique plotline. This is only the first in the adventures of uptight Rabbit and groovy go-with-the-flow Robot, but I trust we'll see more of them in the future. The world demands more of the same, consarn it!

Good buddies Rabbit and Robot (just go with it) are about to have their first sleepover at Rabbit's place and both of them are very excited. Rabbit, a by-the-book kind of guy, has every evening activity written out and planned to the letter.
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By Barbara on January 18, 2013
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I love this book, partly because my daughter wrote and illustrated it and she dedicated it to me and mostly because it is a real fine children's book.
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We love it, kids love it! Such a great story about friendship between two absolutely different characters. One is bossy and controlling, the other one is methodical logical resourceful helpful robot who is just a bit awkward in what he eats and how he talks. It is the best book for anyone who loves good story, good laugh, good character building. The story line moves fast and has four sections to it - so you can read all together or just one at a time. Images are sharp and helpful to understand the story.
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This is a great book to get young readers into contents and pages concept. The reading is easy and the kids try to guess the outcomes of each chapter. Great for comprehension for young minds. These books are a lot better than when I was coming up as a kid. Not beating drums for Amazon or the books provider, but I am convinced early parental reading is the key to smart and well informed kids; forget head start as the kids love the close quarter cuddle up contact with Mom and Dad while reading.
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This is such a fun book! I got a copy from the library to read to my son before bed and he loved it--especially when I made up voices, which is easy to do because the narrative has fun little pieces of conversation. The illustrations are lovely and when you find out the funny 'twist', it's hilarious playing 'Spot the Remote' with my son!! It's become a definite favorite!
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In Cece Bell's book for beginning readers, best buds Rabbit and Robot are having their first sleepover. It's at Rabbit's house and he's fairly hopping with excitement. A bit of a control freak, Rabbit has firm ideas about what should take place at a sleepover and he has a list to prove it.

1. Make pizza
2. Watch TV
3. Play Go Fish
4. Go to bed

As the poet Robert Burns famously wrote, "the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray." Apparently, a rabbit's plans too. Robot doesn't want carrots on his pizza; he prefers nuts, bolts, and screws. When he removes all the hardware from the table and chairs, the friends have no place to eat their dinner. Rabbit has a major meltdown until Robot spreads a blanket on the floor and they enjoy an indoor picnic.

Each remaining chapter deals with another item from Rabbit's list. Rabbit can't find the remote to watch TV, then Robot's batteries conk out while the friend are playing Go Fish, and at bedtime Robot is without PJs and has to borrow a pair from Rabbit. By lights out, Rabbit has manages to ease up enough to suggest that maybe Robot can make the next day's to-do list. Maybe.

Channeling Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad characters, Bell creates her version of mismatched friends. While Rabbit always has to have his way, Robot, who resembles an anthropomorphic iPhone, is more easy-going and accommodating. The cartoony illustrations are a lot of fun, especially the ones that show Robot zigzagging around the house on his one wheel. Beginning readers are sure to enjoy this new series. Who wouldn't want a robot for a friend!
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I sent the book to my 3yr old grandson, because he LOVES robots. I also thought that is would be a good read for my 7yr old grandson. They both love it. Four chapters and a good scattering of pictures throughout. The friendship between two very different characters is engaging, but the humor is great without being goofy. I second the reviewer who hoped, ". . .it is the first in a series."
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